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Baggage Allowance for Chinese Domestic Flights

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For passengers on domestic Chinese flights

Baggages checked in the airport
Baggages checked in the airport
 Can you give a specific definition of checked baggage and carry-on?

 Answer: Checked baggage refers to the luggage given to the carrier for transport and picked up at the final destination. Carry-on, or hand luggage refers to the smaller bags and personal items you are permitted to bring onto the plane and keep in the cabin with you on the plane.

 What is the difference between infant, children and adult ticket?

 Answer: Babies less than 2 years old should buy an infant ticket. Children aged 2 -12 years old should buy a child ticket. Everyone else should buy an adult ticket.

 What are the specific requirements for hand luggage?

Passengers Board the Airplane
Passengers board the airplane

 Answer: Airlines have different regulations, but generally, each hand luggage must not exceed 20×40×55 centimeters (8×16×22 inches) and should be less than five kilograms (about 11 pounds) in total. Any items that exceed these criteria are treated as checked luggage. First class passengers who hold adult or child tickets are permitted to carry on two pieces of hand luggage. Business or economy class passengers, only one piece is allowed.

 What is the maximum standard for a checked luggage?

 Answer: Each piece should not exceed 50 kilograms in weight (110 pounds) and 40×60×100 centimeters (16×24 ×39 inches) in size. Different airlines allow 0 to 40 kilograms' checked luggage for free according to different classes, and you need to pay for the extra.

 Can an infant ticket holder have free checked luggage?

 Answer: No, only passengers who hold an adult or children ticket are allowed to take a certain amount of checked luggage for free.

 What are the limitations for free checked luggage?

 Answer: Airline companies have different limitations for free checked luggage, and some cheap airlines do not offer free check luagge, so passengers should confirm with your airlines when booking tickets. The limitations below apply to most domestic flights:

Cabin Class Maximum Total Weight Maximum number of items
First Class (F) 40 kilograms (88 pounds) Two pieces
Business Class (C) 30 kilograms (66 pounds) One piece
Economy Class (Y) 20 kilograms (44 pounds) One piece

  What if my baggage allowance exceeds the free checked limitation?

 Answer: The excess amount will incur an additional charge reckoned by distance and weight: Generally, 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) costs 1.5% of a full economy-class airfare (one way, adult ticket).

 Can I put money in my checked luggage?

 Answer: No. Currency, important documents, fragile items and other valuables are not allowed in the checked luggage. In case of loss or damage, the carrier will compensate only for the common checked luggage liability, no coverage for valuables.

 Can I take lithium battery as checked luggage

 Answer: According to the latest news from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), lithium batteries that are usually used in notebook PCs, cell phones and digital cameras cannot be consigned as checked luggage. However, air passengers are allowed to take them as carry-ons. At most two spare batteries are allowed to be carried as hand luggage and they should be well preserved to avoid short-circuit; but no lithium batteries can be consigned in the checked luggage.

 Note: China bans Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 on all flights, even if the device is turned off.

 What about my portable charger? Can I take it with me? In checked luggage or carry-on luggage?

 Answer: According to the 2014 regulation of Civil Aviation Administration of China, portable charger with a capacity of 160wh is banned on board. Each passenger is allowed to take no more than 2 chargers. The portable chargers should be for personal use and can only be put in passengers’ carry-on luggage. Passengers are forbidden to use the chargers during a flight.

 Are liquid items allowed in hand luggage?

 Answer: No. Passengers taking domestic flights are prohibited from carrying liquids in hand luggage; such items can be shipped subject to packing being consistent with the relevant civil aviation transport provisions.

 Is there any limitation about the cosmetics?

 Answer: Passengers may take small quantities of cosmetics, with a limit of one item of each type; each container shall be no more than 100 ml in volume. All cosmetics must be placed in a separate bag ready for inspection.
Passengers from outside China transferring to China domestic flights may carry unopened duty-free liquid items, in properly sealed transparent plastic bags; relative receipts must be produced.

 I am a mother flying with an infant, am I allowed to bring milk for my baby in my carry-on?

 Answer: No, but passengers with infants may apply for free liquid dairy products which are provided by the airlines when purchasing tickets.

 I am a diabetic, can I take my medicines (liquid) on the plane?

 Answer: Liquid medicines necessary for diabetic or other patients will be subject to safety inspection and will be kept by the airline crew.

 I bought a cat in China. Can I take it with me when I am traveling in the country, and do the airports permit to bring animals?

 Answer: Yes. First you must make sure the animal you brought is home-raised and is a pet animal such as a cat or dog, etc. Then, you should tell the ticket agent when you book your tickets that you will be bringing your pet and you must offer the related health certificate about your pet to the airline.
The container for the pet must prevent it from escaping 
The container must ventilate the air so the pet will not suffocate.
The container must prevent the fecal matter from spilling outside the container.

 Note: This information covers the general rules for baggage allowance. As there will be slight differences among different airlines, we highly recommended visitors consult your travel agent for detailed information about your airlines if you have any doubt. You can also check information from your airline website or call them for additional assistance.

- Last modified on Sep. 04, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Baggage Allowance for Chinese Domestic Flights
Asked by Sheola Lynes from CHINA | Oct. 11, 2019 07:51Reply
Does the baggage allowance change when flying out of Mainland China?
My flight requires me to have two stopovers in two cities before I leave China. My question is, what would my baggage allowance be if the end destination is international but I'm stopping over in the two cities, I will have two bags of 20kg, will I still need to pay an additional amount or will the international baggage rule apply? Haven't travelled much so I'm not sure, any assistance will be appreciated 🙂
Answers (1)
Answered by Cherokee from USA | Oct. 13, 2019 20:58

Well, I am afraid that different airlines have difference regulations. You are suggested to contact the airlines and confirm the information.
Asked by ROBYN MARGARET CLEMENT from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 08, 2019 14:21Reply
fresh food for journey
Can I take fresh fruit or a sandwich onto the plane. It will be consumed on the flight, so not taken into the country I am visiting or returning to. I want to take an apple, banana or orange and a sandwich to eat whilst on the flight. Nothing would be taken from the flight into China or from the flight from China to Sydney. All fresh food would be consumed on the flight.

I will also have sealed packets of biscuits in my cargo luggage to consume in China, but I am asking if I can take fresh food in with my hand luggage onto the flight to consume on the flight.
Answers (1)
Answered by Caroline from POLAND | Oct. 08, 2019 18:38

Yes, according to the situation, it will be ok. Don't worry.
Asked by Melinda from USA | Oct. 06, 2019 14:33Reply
How can I bring a carry on to a domestic flight in China if I transfer from an international flight?
I am coming from the USA on United Airlines, and I have a domestic transfer (14 hour layover) at the Beijing airport on Air China to my final destination at Qingdao. I have my camera and important medications and I'm worried I won't make the 11 lb limit. What would you suggest I do if I am transferring from an international flight to a domestic flight and still be able to keep my camera and medications safe?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ava from CANADA | Oct. 07, 2019 18:59

Don't worry. You can bring these things during your layover. :)
Asked by ROBYN MARGARET CLEMENT from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 30, 2019 21:51Reply
take food into China
Can I take fruit or a freshly made sandwich on the plane to China. Perhaps an orange, an apple or a banana. I know that packaged food like biscuits, chocolate etc are allowed, but is fruit?. It would be consumed on the plane, but I just don't want it thrown in the food bins as I enter onto my flight from Sydney to China, or on the return trip back from China to Sydney.
Answers (3)
Answered by Emma from DENMARK | Oct. 07, 2019 18:58

I am afraid that you are not allowed to bring fresh fruits into the country.
Answered by Robyn from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 07, 2019 22:31

Can i take fruit or a sandwich on the plane from Sydney to China or even coming home from China to Sydney. Not to take into the country but to consume on the plane before I get to my destination.
Answered by Daniel from DENMARK | Oct. 08, 2019 18:31

Yes, you can.
Asked by LK from USA | Sep. 29, 2019 16:00Reply
Internal plane carry on
Does the handle of the carry on count in the measurement?
Answers (1)
Answered by Zoe from DENMARK | Sep. 29, 2019 18:30

Yes, as I know, the handle of the carry on count in the measurement.
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